The video for this track—a cover of Daedelus' "Fair Weather Friends" by young East Coast punk trio The Death Set—just premiered on our site, over here. The song is a buzzing, distorted mess of proto-punk sensibilities made to fit contemporary electronics and dance beats; it's noisy, it's fun, it's catchy, and above all, it's utterly sincere. You may be fighting the urge to cringe at the onset of the songs first half, but by the end of the two-minute-plus track, you'll be singing along to its "woooooahs" and "ooooohs" like you were back in high school at your first show ever. The Death Set is currently hard at work on its second album with producer XXXchange, to be released later this fall.
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From German beat enthusiast Comfort Fit comes this track of intergalactic noise wizardry and rumbling bass timbres. "Cable Vamp" comes off a forthcoming single to be released by the cross-continental Error Broadcast label, which also features a remix from the much-talked-about Shlohmo on its limited vinyl release and one from Dibiase on the digital version. As far as the song itself, the track has a somewhat "old-school" vibe to it, like it could have soundtracked a chance scene in Pi—a style put forth by spacey sound effects and live drum sampling that both harken back to Warp's earlier days.
The latest from Sinden's new Grizzly label comes from West London newcomer Wafa, and this remix from Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs rounds out the release, toning down the original's wonky arpeggiations and electro throb. Instead, "Ewid Disco" becomes a bouncing tech-house monster appropriate for peak times, the original's stems coming through only at the most select moments. The "Ewid Disco" single comes out June 28, and also features a remix from Drop the Lime.
This über-wonky tune by UK producer Rekordah comes to us courtesy of the first release from his new label Astro:Dynamics. The forthcoming compilation shares its name with the record label, and features the likes of beatmakers Slugabed and LuckyMe's Mike Slott and The Blessings. Rekordah's contribution, "Candy Flossin'," as said before, is pretty crazy. Extremely warped samples somehow manage to push some semblance of a melody, while tumbling sound effects and subtle bass tones flesh out what could technically be described as a rhythm. Seems like Hudson Mohawke has some company in the sugar-high weirdo realm of beat music.
Flying Lotus produced this latest slice from Killer Mike, the ATL MC best known for his 2003 hit, "A.D.I.D.A.S." The woozy sonics of FlyLo certainly shine through on the track, which features rolling bass fuzz, spacey synth lines, and a strange peeping of a section of Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body." Killer Mike's sure, relaxed delivery mixes perfectly, and there's no doubt that he ain't lying when he spits that "we smoke Thai sticks 'til we look Chinese." A definite summer jam.
Last week, we offered up a streaming preview of Long Distance, the latest effort from boogie-minded French producer Onra. The 21-track opus has plenty of memorable moments, but few rhymes, as it's a mostly instrumental effort. But when MCs do pop up on the record, the results are incredibly natural. On "The One," T3 of much-missed Detroit outfit Slum Village—who incidentally have a new album on the way—builds on the upbeat vibe of Onra's funky grooves, lending the track an old-school summertime feel. Now that temperatures are heating up, feel free put this tune on at your local backyard BBQ—we promise, no one is going to be upset.
Ann Arbor's Charles Trees contributed some synth-laden, blap-leaning dance tunes to a new string of EPs from the Musique Large label. The series is called Tour de Table, and this track, "Mahjongg," comes from Trees' The Dream EP. It starts out with a terse melody that sounds quite a bit like the theme song to The Exorcist, but that quickly gives way to a drum machine clap and head-knocking kick drum doing all they can to make you sway. Heaps of synths are tossed throughout the mix alongside swirling sound effects—giving "Mahjongg" a strong Lil John Lost in Space vibe.
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